The White Princess

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Philippa Gregory

Narrated By: Sarah Feathers

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (UK)

Date: August 2013

Duration: 18 hours 12 minutes


The White Princess is the story of Elizabeth of York, a young woman who must choose between her allegiance to the crown and loyalty to her family.

When the York king Richard III is murdered in battle at the hand of Henry Tudor, Elizabeth loses both a lover and her family's royal reign. As soon as Henry claims the crown to become Henry VII, he cements his succession by demanding Elizabeth's hand in marriage, knowing that it's the only way to weaken the claims of other surviving members of the House of York. Elizabeth begrudgingly agrees.

As impostors claiming to be the last York heir begin to come forward, Elizabeth's mother, the former White Queen Elizabeth of Woodville, concocts a plan for revenge. What only she knows is that her son Richard, in hiding since he was smuggled out of England during the usurpation of Richard III, is now a young man prepared to take his rightful place as king. Holding the interest of her clan close to her heart, Elizabeth Woodville supports an uprising against Henry, placing her daughter, now Queen to Henry's King, between two loyalties.

When Henry learns of their plan, he imprisons his mother-in-law and orders Richard to live with them at court as the Queen's brother, keeping him close while attempting to prove that he is merely another impostor. When Richard attempts to escape from court, Henry imprisons him in the tower alongside a York supporter, with whom Richard conspires to escape. Soon, the two are enticed into breaking out of the Tower, only to be recaptured and sentenced to death. Elizabeth must respect her husband's order and witness her brother's execution, torn once again between family and crown.